Pussy Riot Rails Against Putin In New Winter Olympics Music Video [WATCH]

on February 21 2014 1:39 AM

Members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot on Thursday presented a new music video, which was filmed in the center of 2014 Winer Olympics host city Sochi. Titled “Putin will teach you how to love the motherland,” the video mocks President Vladimir Putin's hosting of the Olympics as a public relations stunt that papers over human rights violations in Russia.

The video is the first music project by Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova since they were released from prison colonies in 2013.

The two punk musicians have been filming in Sochi with their supporters since Sunday, according to The Raw Story. Pussy Riot has had violent run-ins with authorities in the Olympic host city, and they've been detained there several times, according to the Washington Post. On Wednesday, Cossacks attacked the group with horsewhips and pepper spray as they tried to perform under an Olympic sign.

Alexander Tkachev, the governor of the Krasnodar region, where Sochi is located, said there would be an investigation into the incident during which the Pussy Riot members were whipped. “The ideas of this group are not supported by the overwhelming majority of the population of the region,” Tkachev stated. “Nonetheless, absolutely all the guilty in what happened should be punished.”

Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina showed the video in public on a laptop computer in Sochi while reporters looked on and pro-Kremlin activists attempted to drown them out, The Raw Story reported.

“From the moment we entered this city we have been constantly detained by the security forces,” Tolokonnikova said. “According to the logic of the authorities, we should spent the maximum amount of time in this city locked up so we got absolutely nothing done.”

At the beginning of the video, Pussy Riot members dressed in trademark colored balaclavas, dresses and tights are seen swimming in the sea off Sochi. Later they sing and dance before the Olympic rings in the center of Sochi and try to taunt a huge Olympic mascot, a snow leopard.

The “Putin will teach you how to love the motherland” video takes a more disturbing turn as it shows Wednesday’s footage of the Pussy Riot members being beaten with whips and handled aggressively while the Cossacks attack them. Cossacks act as vigilantes in southern part of Russia, The Raw Story noted.

During the music video, the Russian-language lyrics lyrics out at the human rights violations being committed in Russia, and focus on activists who are still jailed for a anti-Putin protest in Moscow in 2012 as well as on Yevgeny Vitishko, an imprisoned environmental campaigner.

“They will teach you in the prison camps how to cry and how to obey/Salute to the bosses, and hi, il Duce,” the song declares. “The constitution is lynched, Vitishko’s in prison/Stability, prison gruel, the fence and the watchtower. “Putin will teach you how to love the motherland.” 

The music also amps up against the abundant security in Sochi (“the Olympics are are under surveillance”) and points to the pressure on pro-opposition TV channel Dozhd (Rain).

The song in the video also references a toilet cubicle with two lavatories in one of the Sochi Olympic facilities, something that has sparked plenty of hilarity. “A two-ass toilet, a priority,” can be heard in the video.

As punishment for performing an anti-Putin song in a Moscow cathedral in 2012, Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were sent to penal colonies on a two-year hooliganism sentence.

But the two were let go early on amnesty in December 2013. On Wednesday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) warned Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina Wednesday that any stagings of actions outside the Olympic venues in Sochi would be “wholly inappropriate.”

Central Sochi is about 30 kilometers (18 miles) north of the main Olympic Park. The Adler district where Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina held a “punk” news conference is about five kilometres from the park.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams said Thursday that the images of Pussy Riot being beaten during the scuffles were disturbing, but he said that the Olympics “should not be used as a platform for demonstrations.”

On Thursday, Tolokonnikova wrote on Twitter that she and Alyokhina were at the airport and about to exit Sochi.

The Raw Story posted Pussy Riot's "Putin will teach you how to love the motherland” music video. Watch the video here.

 

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